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1960 U-2 Incident - Francis Gary Powers

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1960 U-2 Incident - Francis Gary Powers - Historical Life Raft Artifact Display

The segment measures approximately 1" x 1" and has been affixed to an 8 x 10 inch print with custom graphics.

An authentic Cold War relic, this section of material from the life raft has quite the history and is believed to be from the original raft equipped within Gary Powers' U-2 jet on the day he was shot down over the Soviet Union on May 1st, 1960. This original yellow life raft is made of thick inflatable plastic. This raft was provided directly by Mr. Powers' son to Guernsey's Auction House. Francis Gary Powers, Jr. is an expert public speaker on the U-2 Incident and Cold War History.

This display is accompanied by a copy of the detailed Letter of Provenance from Francis Gary Powers, Jr. along with a printed image of the full life raft.

Evidence strongly suggests that this raft, along with other surviving items from the U-2, was collected and displayed in a museum in the Russian Ural area. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, the museum was looted, and the raft then collected and used by locals as a fishing tool. Later, the KGB and other officials started inquiring about the items that were taken, and the raft was kept hidden. 

Powers'plane was in multiple chunks with the wings and tail section separate from the fuselage. Three years ago a man in the Ukraine finally came forward with the raft. It was then sent to Gary Powers Jr, Powers son.   

Provenance: Ex: University Archives, Ex: Guernsey's, Ex: Gary Powers Jr. 

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